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Do our genes decide whether or not we are vulnerable to severe Covid-19 cases? This is the implication of new research, which has revealed that people with a genetic mutation that increases the risk of dementia are at least twice as likely to suffer from severe symptoms if they get coronavirus – regardless of whether ‘they were diagnosed with dementia. British researchers have analyzed the genetic data of 500,000 people and said the link they discovered between the virus and the “e4” variant of the ApoE gene was “bulletproof enough”.


Hydroxychloroquine: WHO suspends Covid-19 clinical trial – video

Meanwhile, while the World Health Organization continues to search for effective treatments for coronaviruses, it temporarily suspended trials of the antimalarial drug hydroxychloroquine, which Donald Trump claims to have taken as a precaution. The WHO has suspended trials in light of a study published last week, which suggested that taking the drug put patients at higher risk for heart problems and death.

Ending Lockout Early Could Cause “Immediate Second Peak”


Californians pack their bags on Memorial Day weekend, defying social distancing rules – video

The world is still in the middle of the first wave of the coronavirus epidemic, and countries that are lifting their blockages are now at risk of an “immediate second peak” of infections, according to the WHO. During Memorial Day weekend, as the U.S. nears 100,000 coronavirus deaths, crowds gathered on California beaches and Missouri bars – scenes that left Dr. Deborah Birx , coordinator of the White House coronavirus working group, “very concerned”.

Trump spent the weekend playing golf and insulting women


Donald Trump speaks on Memorial Day and returns to the golf course – video

Donald Trump celebrated Memorial Day with a wreath laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery after two days of golf at his club in Sterling, Virginia, the President’s first round on a golf course in almost three months . He also spent part of the holiday weekend on Twitter, retweeting personal attacks against Nancy Pelosi and Stacey Abrams for their appearance or their weight, and another who denounced Hillary Clinton as a “skank”.

In another series of tweets on Monday, Trump threatened to move the Republican National Convention in August from Charlotte, North Carolina, to another state with less stringent lockdown requirements. North Carolina Democratic Governor Roy Cooper was “still in a closed mood,” complained the president, saying he wanted to make sure the convention arena was packed with GOP supporters.

  • Joe Biden said he felt “Good to be out of my houseas he laid a wreath at the Delaware Veterans Memorial on Monday. Trump’s challenger in 2020 and his wife, Dr. Jill Biden, both wore travel masks.

Pandemic is a “disaster” for children’s rights




A woman feeds her granddaughter in a camp in Sierra Leone last November. The country is among the worst performers in the world ranking of children's rights.

A woman feeds her granddaughter in a camp in Sierra Leone last November. The country is among the worst performers in the world ranking of children’s rights. Photography: Cooper Inveen / Reuters

Dutch NGO has warned that the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic will be “disastrous” for the human rights of the world’s children, making them more vulnerable to forced labor and child marriage, plunging millions into extreme poverty and depriving them of health and education services. KidsRights President Marc Dullaert said the crisis “rolls back the years of progress made on children’s well-being.”

Elsewhere in the world…

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Family members and supporters protest against how the authorities handled Arbery's death at a rally this month.

Family members and supporters protest against the way the authorities handled Arbery’s death at a rally this month. Photography: Stephen B Morton / AP
  • The murder of Ahmaud Arbery is under investigation as a possible hate crimeAccording to family lawyer Arbery, who said on Monday that the FBI had launched a criminal investigation into two district attorneys and the Georgia Police Department involved in the case.
  • Health care professionals around the world have called for a “green recovery” of the Covid-19 crisis. Groups representing about half of the global medical workforce have signed an open letter to G20 leaders urging them to prioritize public health and environmental issues as they seek to rebuild the global economy .

  • “The end of a system led by the United States and the arrival of an Asian century … is now happening before our eyes, “said the EU’s foreign chief, urging European diplomats to develop” a more solid strategy “for dealing with China.

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The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on the launch pad at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on the launch pad at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Photograph: Bill Ingalls / NASA / AFP / Getty Images

Americans return to space

Since the retirement of the NASA shuttle fleet in 2011, the United States has not had the capacity to send its own astronauts into orbit. But on Wednesday, in partnership with Elon Musk’s SpaceX, two American astronauts will depart from Cape Canaveral to the International Space Station. Richard Luscombe reports on a historic launch.

Zach King: the first author of Tiktok

Filmmaker Zach King recorded his first viral hit with “Jedi Kittens” in 2011. Today, he is the only non-teenager among the top five content creators on TikTok. “When I graduated from film school, I thought I was going to direct and produce big blockbuster movies,” he told Alex Rayner. “Now I make movies for the small screen and I love it. “

The man with the iron lung
When he was six, Paul Alexander was paralyzed for life by polio. At 74, he is one of the last people still alive to use an iron lung. He sees parallels with his own experience in the Covid-19 pandemic, he tells Linda Rodriguez McRobbie. “It’s exactly like that, it’s almost weird for me. “

Opinion: The office has become obsolete

Before the coronavirus shutdown, only 5.2% of the US workforce worked at home. That number has probably increased tenfold, says Brianne Kimmel – and it should lead us to live healthier, happier lives.

A world where the office is obsolete is more positive, more communal and more productive. He is the one who reconnects us with our neighbors nearby and bases us on personal principles rather than on professional achievements.

Last thing: avoid cannibal rats




A rat roams a New York subway platform.

A rat roams a New York subway platform. Photography: Marie Le Ble / ZUMA Wire / REX / Shutterstock

The CDC has warned that American city rats display “unusual or aggressive” behavior in the middle of the lockdown, after two months of being deprived of their standard diet of restaurant waste and street garbage. In New York, for example, there are more and more reports of cannibalism and infanticide in rats.

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